Verdasco reappears five months later with defeat in Miami

The Spanish Fernando Verdasco, 37 years old and 72nd in the world ranking, he said goodbye to the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami in the first round when he lost to the American Bjorn Fratangelo, from the qualifying round, 6-4 and 6-4 in hjora and a half.

Verdasco was playing his first game of the season after having renounced previous commitments. He had not competed since November, when he decided to have his right knee operated in Los Angeles to “stop playing in pain.”

Back, Fernando Verdasco fulfilled his seventeenth participation in Miami. The quarterfinals achieved in 2009 and 2010 were his ceiling. He could not progress this time against Fratangelo, ranked 233 in the ATP rankings.

The Pittsburgh tennis player, who has only participated in one ATP tournament in Delray Beach this 2021, will face the Italian in the second round Lorenzo Sonego, twenty-fourth favorite.

The Australian also overcame the first round Thanasi Kokkinakis, which also comes from the previous one, after leaving Japanese Shintaro Mochizuki (6-3 and 6-3) on the road to become the rival of Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, twenty-ninth seeded.